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Food Network fans stunned after long-running show with network’s ‘biggest star’ gets canceled after 17 seasons

Food Network fans stunned after long-running show with network’s ‘biggest star’ gets canceled after 17 seasons

ONE of Food Network’s biggest stars is saying goodbye to her popular daytime show after 17 seasons.

CBS Media Ventures’ syndicated talk show, Rachael Ray, has officially been canceled.

Food NetworkOne of the Food Networks biggest stars is saying goodbye to their long-runing show[/caption]

GettyRachael Ray’s syndicated, self-titled talk show has been canceled after 17 seasons[/caption]

The show, hosted by the TV personality of the same name, first premiered in syndication in 2006.

Rachael’s beloved program mixed kitchen segments showing off her culinary skills with interviews with the biggest celebrities.

After almost two decades on the air, the talk show has been canceled after the host decided it was time for her to make some career changes.

Rachael shared in a statement to Deadline: “In my more than 20 plus years in television I have had 17 wonderful seasons working in daytime television with Rachael.

“However I’ve made the decision that’s it’s time for me to move on to the next exciting chapter in my broadcast career.”

One shocked fan tweeted about the news: “WOW!! I’ve always loved me some Rachael Ray. 

“From her on the Food Network to her having her own television show. This women has been apart of my childhood &  adulthood. She’s gonna be missed.”

Another insisted: “Stop bc ima cry.”

“End of an era,” a third stunned fan tweeted.

A fourth upset viewer said: “NOOO OMG. Not Rachael Ray. Queen of FOOD.”

Luckily for fans, they don’t have to wait long to find out what that next chapter entails, as the TV personality dropped another major announcement on Friday.

Rachael, who is also well-known from her Food Network show 30-Minute Meals, has launched a new production company, Free Food Studios, in partnership with Intentional Content.

Of the new venture, she said: “My passions have evolved from the talk show format production and syndication model to a platform unencumbered by the traditional rules of distribution. … 

“That is why I am looking forward to putting all my energies into my recently announced production arm, Free Food Studios.

“Thank you to all of our Rachael daytime show partners, crew, and affiliates, and the wonderful years we all worked together.”

After 17 seasons, 37 Emmy nominations, and three wins for Outstanding Talk Show, president of CBS Media Ventures Steve LoCascio opened up about the successful show ending.

The executive said: “When Rachael debuted her show 17 years ago, she was a game-changer in the daytime space. 

“She made cooking accessible to the masses, taught viewers simple solutions on how to improve their lives and coaxed great stories out of celebrity guests with her relatable down-to-earth demeanor.

“We’re proud to have produced such a successful show with Rachael and her team for so many years. We’ll miss Rachael on the air every day, but we’ll always be family.”

GettyThe host has decided it’s time for her to move on to her next chapter[/caption]

GettyRachael launched a new production company, Free Food Studios[/caption]

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